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Types of Eyeliners

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Eyeliner is a great way to flatter all eye shapes and sizes. Eyeliner should be applied after eyeshadow and before your mascara. An eyeliner adds depth and definition to the eyes, making them more dramatic and expressive. The earlier cake type of eye liner has now been somewhat replaced by liquids and pencils. The liquid liners are sold in bottles either with a separate small brush or in an automatic unit with the brush built into the cap. Eyeliner is applied for emphasizing eye shape and accentuating the lash line.

Pencil eyeliners
Offer good consistency and are relatively easy to use. These can be testing by drawing with them on the back of the hand and ensuring that the pencil does not tug at the skin or leave thick globs. For a soft look, the pencil liner applied in a thin line over the natural lash line can be smudged with the fingertip or with a damp makeup brush to give the appearance of a dark shadow.

Liquid eyeliners
Take practice and a steady hand to apply, but are sure to give a smooth, sensuous line to the length of the eye. They are generally limited to the top of the eyelashes, whereas an eye shadow or an eye lining pencil may be used under the lower lashes also. Usually sold in bottles with an application brush, one must allow the liquid eyeliner to dry before opening the eyes to avoid smudging.

Permanent eyeliners
Permanent eyeliners are comparatively more expensive and exclusive options, created through cosmetic surgery by micro pigmentation. This technique adds a defined line to the lid using a handheld device that punctures the skin several times a minute with a very thin needle to push color pigments to the desired position.

Cake eyeliners
Cake eyeliners are applied with water on the top and bottom of the eyelid. For applying pencil and cake eyeliners, it is important to face a mirror with good lighting overhead and hold the head back while pulling the skin on the eyelids tight. This makes it easier to control the application of the eyeliner.

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